Taliban Calling Out US Censorship Means Time For Reflection

Written By BlabberBuzz | Thursday, 19 August 2021 22:45

The Taliban spokesman on Tuesday mockingly replied to a question regarding whether their government would respect freedom of speech - telling the journalist to ask Facebook.

The Taliban is banned from Facebook and its subsidiaries WhatsApp and Instagram, as well as TikTok and YouTube - though it is enabled on Twitter.

Zabihullah Mujahid, who has 310,000 followers on Twitter, was questioned regarding the Taliban's plan for freedom of speech.

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'This question should be asked to those people who are claiming to be promoters of freedom of speech who do not allow publication of information,' he replied.

'I can ask the Facebook company.'

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Facebook and other social media companies have been denounced for censoring conservative figures like former president Donald Trump, who has been banned since the January 6 Capitol riot, in response to concerns about stirring up violence.

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Mujahid's comments were denounced by Donald Trump Jr, who retweeted the 30-second video clip and said, 'LOL ... Also not wrong.'

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A spokesman for Facebook announced in a statement earlier in the day the company was going to continue banning content from the Taliban, citing the fact the State Department designated it as a terrorist organization.

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'The Taliban is sanctioned as a terrorist organization under U.S. law, and we have banned them from our services under our Dangerous Organization policies,' the spokesman stated.

``We also have a dedicated team of Afghanistan experts, who are native Dari and Pashto speakers and have knowledge of local context, helping to identify and alert us to emerging issues on the platform.'

Twitter has been denounced for letting Taliban figures remain active on their platform, though the company explained they were monitoring the situation.

Twitter stated that it will 'continue to proactively enforce our rules and review content that may violate Twitter rules, specifically policies against glorification of violence, platform manipulation and spam.'

Mujahid on Tuesday was questioned about what Taliban rule will look like.

He insisted that 'there is a huge difference between us and the Taliban of 20 years ago', when female Afghans were beaten in the street or publicly executed, denied work, healthcare, and education, and barred from leaving home without a male chaperone.

Throughout their press conference in the capital city, the Taliban insisted girls will get an education and women will be permitted to study at university - both of which were forbidden under Taliban rule in Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001, before the US-led invasion.

The terror group further insisted they want women to be part of the new government after female Afghans staged a protest outside a local Taliban HQ in Khair Khana district, a suburb of north-west Kabul.

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